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Woman ordered to stop brestfeeding in courtroom
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Woman says she was threatened after she started nursing her daughter inside a courtroom.
Gina Harris is no stranger to the Bay Haas Court building, as she several times has tended to business inside, but she says she has never been treated as she did this time around.
It was sad, it was stressful and embarrassing. I hope nobody else has to deal with it, said Harris.
She claims that she started nursing her daughter inside the courtroom, but shortly after starting, court staff ordered her to stop.
According to Harris, the staff came around the corner shaking his finger at me saying that I couldnt breast feed. To avoid further conformation, Harris said she walked out of the room.
Was Harris breaking the law? Or was court staff overstepping their authority?
According to Section 22-1-13 of Alabama Code, A mother may breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be present.
Judge George Brown, who proceeds in a Bay Haas courtroom is overseeing the situation, says his officers wanted to stop a potential court room disturbance by telling Harris to stop. He said he has never seen a woman try to nurse in his court room.
Harris, still sure she was not breaking any laws said she will come back and nurse my baby. She also adds that next time she will have the printed law with her so she will be ready.